Gulfstream: Summer Meet Handle Ahead of 2014 Pace; New 1:15 p.m. First Post Starts Today

By HorseracingFLA Staff

(Editor’s Note:  This is the first of several stories that will be based in part on a recent interview with Gulfstream  Park general manager P.J. Campo)

Thursday, July 23  —  Gulfstream  Park will have nine  races this afternoon, with a new first post time of 1:15 p.m.

There are no stakes races on today’s card. It will  be the 13th  day of Gulfstream’s 2015 summer meet and the start of the meet’s fourth four-day race week (Thursday through Sunday).  The meet began July 1 and will end on Oct. 3.

Thus far wagering totals have been higher than in the 2014 summer meet and the average field size has been  similar to last summer’s high levels, according to data provided by Gulfstream general manager P.J.  Campo  and our follow-up review of  Equibase Co,  charts.

The  data from Gulfstream show that  average daily all-sources handle grew 12 percent meet-to-date for the first eight race days in July. That increase was from approximately $5.0 million in 2014 to about $5.6 million this year.

The average field  size for the eight-day periods  fell from 9.1 in 2014 to a still-strong 8.7 this year.

Those numbers are through July 13,  2014 and July  12 2015.   This year’s total includes $8.1 million for the Summit of Speed, with  nine stakes races  on July 5.  That event was not run  last year, after being run at Calder  Casino &  Race Course from  2000 through  2013.

Our review of Equibase charts shows that Gulfstream averaged $4.2 million  per day in all-sources handle for the recent four days between Thursday July 16 and Sunday July 19.  The average field size was 9.3 for those four days.

That brought  the average for daily all-sources handle  to $5.2 million and the average field size to 9.0 horses  for the first 12 days  of this year’s summer meet.  Comparable data for the first 12 days of  Gulfstream’s 2014  summer meet is not yet readily  available.

* There is  a $19,606 carryover today on  the  Rainbow 6 on  the last six  races, four through nine.  The races have 57 entrants, making it another large-field day with the prospect that there will not be a single “jackpot”  winning ticket and thus rolling the carryover into the start of the weekend.

* On Saturday, Gulfstream will have two  $75,000 stakes races.  The Bear’s Den is 1 1/16 miles on turf for 3-yer-olds. The  Monroe is one mile on dirt for fillies and mares 3-years-old  and up

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